ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

1609 Elm St, Forest Grove, OR

Lenten Project Booklet
Daily Reflection Booklet created by members of St. Bede Episcopal Church.

Stories, quotes, hymns, photos and thoughts are shared in the booklet for daily reflection.

Booklets are available on Sunday or through the church Office.

MESSAGE FROM THE INTERIM VICAR

Excerpt from GoodNewsletter March 2017
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Dorsch

How many times have you “given up” something for Lent?  Is Lent really about developing our will power?  Are we to observe Lent by proving that we can deny ourselves something?  Was it will power that Jesus was developing in the wilderness where he was sent on the heels of his baptism?  These are questions raised in an article by the Rev. Claudia Dickson.

Jesus’ baptism had been his public commissioning for ministry—the affirmation by God that Jesus was truly God’s “beloved.”  Yet before the disciples could be called and people’s lives transformed, Jesus needed time to ponder and focus on his call, and to be disciplined for it.  The forty days in the wilderness are a time in which God prepared Jesus for the kind of service that would be required of him.

Do you think it was will power that God was looking for in Jesus?  I don’t think so.  Jesus didn’t fast in order to see how long he could go without food.  Instead he was seeking to empty himself of anything that distracted him from God’s voice and direction.  Fasting was just a tool in the process of letting go of his own expectations, as well as other people’s expectations of him.

God didn’t need Jesus to be self-directed or tenacious, good qualities we may find very helpful in our daily life and work.  No, what God desired was for Jesus to be open and compliant to the divine will, to depend wholly upon God and not on himself.  Of course, that is what God desires for us as well.  God doesn’t need us to expend superhuman effort to be better people.  God simply wants us to be faithful people.

The way in which we live out our baptism is to put our faith in God.  God wants us to depend upon God, not on our often misguided judgments of right and wrong, good and evil.  Like Jesus, we must be disciplined and prepared for the kinds of service God has in mind for each one of us.

These forty days of Lent are for our spiritual transformation, not for developing better habits!  We are invited to undertake spiritual disciplines such as fasting, prayer, meditation on scripture, study, service, solitude and simplicity—but not so that we can prove to ourselves that we have the will power to live up to our commitments.

These forty days are set aside so that we can begin to surrender control of our lives.  God does not need self-directed, self-motivated people.  God needs amenable people who choose to depend upon God for direction and motivation.  Perhaps the goal of Lent is not to develop our will power, but to begin to set it aside.

For those of you, who like me are chronic over-achievers, remember that the goal of Lent is not to be successful as much as it is learning to be compliant.  The goal is to begin to learn how to listen for and seek God’s direction for your life; to begin to start asking what God would have you do, instead of drawing up your own plans for how to be a good person.

We do not learn about faithfulness and obedience in a season, but fortunately our salvation is not dependent upon doing so.  Jesus has already brought that about.  Instead, we learn about faithfulness and obedience over the course of our lives among others who desire to learn the same thing.  So whatever you choose to give up or add to your life this Lent, I hope you will do so in order to create that empty space that only God can fill.

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Dorsch

 

Celebration and Event Calendar


The Lenten Adult Forums 
Sundays, March 5-April 2, 9-9:45 am

The Forums will be a series of discussions based on the themes in our Lenten Reflection. Booklet.  
March 5          Grace
March 12        Forgiveness
March 19        Generosity
March 26        Trust
March 2          Change



 

Lenten Soup Supper/Study Series
Wednesdays, March 8-April 5

Soup Supper 6:00-6:30,
Book Study 6:30-7:30

Book Study:
The Four Vision Quests of  Jesus,
by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston

1   Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist services, 12noon, Chapel  
     And 7pm, Sanctuary
2   Evening Prayer, 5pm, Chapel
3   Stations of the Cross, Noon
4   Brotherhood, 8am, Fellowship Hall
5   Morning Prayer, 8:30am, Chapel
     Christian Formation, 9am, Fellowship Hall   
     Christian Education, 9:45am, Sunday School Room
     Holy Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
     Pastoral Care, following service, Library
6   Bible Study, 2:00pm, Library
8   Morning Prayer, 10am, Chapel
8   Lenten Soup Supper & Book Study, 6pm, Fellowship Hall
9   Evening Prayer, 5pm, Chapel
10 Stations of the Cross, Noon 
11 Stitchery Ministry, 9am, Fellowship Hall
12  Morning Prayer, 8:30am, Chapel
      Christian Formation, 9am, Fellowship Hall
      Christian Education, 9:45am, Sunday School Room   
      Holy Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
13  Bible Study, 2pm, Library Room
15  Holy Eucharist w/Healing, 10am, Chapel
15  Lenten Soup Supper & Book Study, 6pm, Fellowship Hall
16  Evening Prayer, 5pm, Chapel
17  Stations of the Cross, Noon
18  Brotherhood, 8am, Fellowship Hall
19  Morning Prayer, 8:30am, Chapel
      Christian Formation, 9am, Fellowship Hall
      Christian Education, 9:45am, Sunday School Room   
      Holy Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
20  Bible Study, 2pm, Library
22  Morning Prayer, 10am, Chapel
22  Lenten Soup Supper & Book Study, 6pm, Fellowship Hall
23  Evening Prayer, 5pm, Chapel
24  Stations of the Cross, Noon
26  Morning Prayer, 8:30am, Chapel
      Christian Formation, 9am, Fellowship Hall
      Christian Education, 9:45am, Sunday School Room   
      Holy Eucharist, 10am, Sanctuary
27  Bible Study, 2pm, Library
28  Wm Temple House Food Bank, 4pm, All Saints, Hillsboro
      Dairy Creek Community Food Web, 6pm, Fellowship Hall
29  Morning Prayer, 10am, Chapel
29  Lenten Soup Supper & Book Study, 6pm, Fellowship Hall
30 Evening Prayer, 5pm, Chapel
31 Stations of the Cross, Noon

 


 

We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace.